Welcome to "Free Online Guitar Lesson #5 of the Beginners Guitar Course -- Your First Song: Bad Moon Rising". For easier navigation in between the lessons, access to the Online Metronome, Online Guitar Tuner and other resources, please click on the link below. Don't worry, everything is free and there is no email-sign-up required:
Alright, as you know, most to the lessons that come with the free online guitar course for beginners not only feature a video, but also a worksheet. Here is your link from where you can/open and download your worksheet with detailed instructions that should help you with practicing this tune, which is a great guitar song for beginners: Bad Moon Rising by Credence Clearwater Revival.
There is, of course, a reason why I picked this specific piece as our very first guitar song. First and foremost, is uses three of the guitar chords we already learned and practiced in the previous lessons, namely: D-Major Chord, A-Major Chord and the G-Major Chord. This is yet another great opportunity to learn chord changes, but it's much more fun, because now the whole thing is actually part of a real song.
Obviously you should be following the instructions I provided in the guitar video and the worksheet where I explain everything in detail. But just to recap: if you are not familiar with the song, look it up here on Youtube and familiarize with the melody. Then, at your own pace, practice the chord changes. It is very important that you start out super slow. Don't rush, you will get faster automatically, but you need to start out slow.
Secondly, it is also important to try to play at a steady beat. Again, that doesn't mean you need to play fast. Just make sure that you stick to a certain tempo and then slowly increase the speed of your playing. As a matter of fact, as mentioned above, your will get faster without even realizing it.
For our first guitar song we will be using downstrokes only. If you feel you are comfortable with the chord changes, then please start using a metronome. This will help you keeping a rhythmic pattern. Start at around 60 beats per minute and then gradually increase the speed.
If you have any questions, please just post them here under the video. I will try my best to personally answer all of them in a very timely fashion. Alternatively, you can go over to my website's contact page and send me an email. Here is the link:
I'm know for going above and beyond when it comes to helping my students. However, please understand that based on the volume of questions I receive, it might just take a little longer to answer. Therefore, I do recommend that you just post your question as a comment here under the respective video. That way, you may have other viewers/students jumping in an provide you with a more timely answer.
Your guitar teacher,
Dieter Ulrich Peise